Tri-Cities steps up to help rescue dog with severed spine

The Tri-Cities community has donated more than $6,500 to medical expenses for a seven month old Labrador Retriever puppy.

Reeves was taken in by Mikey’s Chance Canine Rescue in West Richland after he was found on the side of the road in Idaho. He had been hit by a car, causing a severed spine and no mobility in his back legs.

On May 16, Reeves was taken to a specialist at Washington State University. His temporary foster parents were told his back was severely broken and because of extensive damage, surgery wasn’t an option. Veterinarians said there was a less than five percent chance he would ever walk again.

“However, we consulted with several veterinary specialists and they said t he same thing: it is possible for Reeves to live a full life. He can use of his front paws, loves squeaky toys and bully sticks, and in many ways is a typical puppy. We are not prepared to give up on Reeves yet,” the dog rescue group wrote on their Facebook page.

Rescuers said the MRI alone cost $2,200. They reached out to the community through the You Caring website for donations. They set a goal of $7,000. As of Monday afternoon, 150 people have donated, raising $6,715 for Reeves.

On Sunday, Reeves was able to try out a set of wheels, keeping his back legs raised and allowing him to walk. They were made and donated by Doug Welch.

Welch originally made the cart for a dog from Okandogs Rescue, who later passed away.

If you’d like to donate to help Reeves, click here.